Postdoctoral Research Position, Caltech High Energy Astrophysics (Observations)
Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research position at the California Institute of Technology to work with Dr. Javier Garcia and Prof. Fiona Harrison on X-ray reflection spectroscopy of supermassive black holes. The core project targets the analysis of archival data for a sample of Seyfert AGN taken with the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) high energy X-ray telescope (http://www.nustar.caltech.edu), and with the XMM-Newton observatory, using the state-of-the-art relativistic reflection model RELXILL. The main goals of this project are the detailed study of accretion disks in AGN, exploring high-density effects, iron abundance, and the origin of the soft-excess. Successful applicants will also have access through a competitive proposal process to the Palomar and Keck Observatories.
The initial appointment will be for two years with the possibility of renewal for a third year based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The expected starting date is September 1, 2021, but the exact date is negotiable. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy by the date of appointment.
Applicants should send a CV; a brief research statement outlining their knowledge and experience; a cover letter stating their motivation for engaging in this project; and three reference letters to be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications received by February 21, 2021 will receive full consideration, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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